We, at ATEA Silicon Valley, wish you a very happy holiday. Our best wishes to you for a happy new year filled with joy, peace, good health and prosperity. This is the time to rest and recuperate. It is also time to reflect.

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We have just concluded our first full year as an organization – with several accomplishments.

American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA) was officially established as a 501(c)(3) this year. ATEA also formally launched chapters in the NorthEast (New Jersey) and MidWest (Chicago). With three of the five Indian Americans in the US Congress (Kamala Harris, Raja Krishnamoorthy, Pramila Jayapal) being of Tamil origin, it is time to celebrate. So, in a sense, we are seeing the phrase “Tamizhan Da” woven into the fabric across government, politics and enterprise. There was a discernible gap in having an organization fostering entrepreneurship among youth and women of Tamil origin. ATEA was founded by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors, and academicians with a goal of giving back to their community by sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Here is a sampling of the events that ATEA – Silicon Valley conducted this year:

  • Conversation with Suja Chandrasekaran, CIO of Kimberly Clark – where she shared her insights on leadership and career advice.

Suja Chandrasekaran

  • We heard from Michael Susai on his entrepreneurial journey. Michael sold Netscaler to Citrix and, subsequently, Neoaccel to VMWare. In that meetup, we also heard from Ravi Ravichandran on the topic of “Building, Scaling and Selling SaaS products”.

Michel Susai Entrepreneur

  • The GTEN Spring event at SVB (just before TiECon 2017) was very well attended. We had keynote addresses from Nandini Ramani, VP Engineering of Twitter and CK Kumaravel, CEO of Naturals Spa and Salon. Badava Gopi regaled the audience with his mimicry.

  • There was a Design Thinking workshop that was facilitated by LC Singh, CEO of Nihilent Technologies. He helped us to apply design thinking to strategy, product, innovation and customer engagement.

  • ATEA facilitated a fundraising for Actor Suriya’s Agaram Foundation – which is involved in enabling college education for underprivileged students in Tamil Nadu.

Actor Suriya Sivakumar

  • Meetup on Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence with multiple speakers and panelists.

  • One-day Idea to MVP Bootcamp sponsored by Google Developers Launchpad and TechStars.

You are currently not a member with ATEA. You can join ATEA by going to http://ateausa.org/members/ . For a limited time, you can use the discount code ATEASVNEW for a $5 discount.

We are currently in the process of charting the programs and events for 2018. Please save Saturday, January 6th

in your calendar for an informal mixer. The venue and time will be announced shortly.

If you have ideas for Meetups or have the expertise to conduct a workshop, please reach out to us. We are also looking for volunteers in multiple areas. You can contact us from http://ateausa.org/contact/.

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